Behind The Butter


Willis. He runs.

After a six day road trip across four states, Las Vegas, Death Valley, Grand Canyon and Yosemite, Willis has finally come to stay in California for the summer.

Who knew basset hounds had such vigor, such speed, such charisma. He was a new man on California soil.

He and Dexter are going to be the best of friends. I can just feel it.
Back to the food.
Tonight I ate sushi with the boys….someone’s gotta keep them in line, you know?

Gosh, this was so good….the Sunset Roll with tuna, salmon, mango and avocado.
Plus, miso soup!

A couple cookies from the batch I made this afternoon

These are Super Charge Cookies (from Eat, Drink and Be Vegan), minus the dried fruit and plus half a bag of dark chocolate chips.
Gotta to go bed to rest my tonsil! My MOM comes in the morning!!!!

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  • Becki
    June 7, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    Only half a bag of chocolate chips? How bout a whole one πŸ™‚ LOVE me the chocolate!

  • janetha
    June 7, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    bassets are great. i have one.

  • Morgan @ Life After Bagels
    June 7, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    I hear Willis . . . a lot πŸ™‚ MORE PICTURES

  • Maria @ A Healthier Maria
    June 7, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    haha oh my gosh he is so cute! I lovee the first picture.

    & I actually meant to ask you a question this your last post. When you use egg whites, do you throw out the yolks or do you save them for later? I feel so guilty throwing them away but I don’t know what else to do with them. Thanks! & enjoy your mama πŸ™‚

    • jenna
      June 8, 2010 at 10:24 am

      I usually just buy carton egg whites so I don’t have that issue πŸ™‚

  • Morgan @ Life After Bagels
    June 7, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    **okay I meant to say I HEART . . . that just got creepy, as in I hear Willis since I’m like at your house or something hahahaha

  • Maria @ A Healthier Maria
    June 7, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    haha oh my gosh he is so cute! I lovee the first picture.

    & I actually meant to ask you a question this your last post.When you use egg whites, do you throw out the yolks or do you save them for later? I feel so guilty throwing them away but I don’t know what else to do with them. Thanks! & enjoy your mama πŸ™‚

  • Monique@That's What She Said
    June 7, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    Ooooh your sushi looks DELICIOUS! And I love puppies πŸ™‚ he’s so cute!!

  • Danica
    June 7, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    mhmmm sushi!! hope you and your mom have some great mother daughter adventures!

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run]
    June 7, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    Girl – where did you go to sushi tonight? I want to go next time I’m in Sonoma – it looks sooo good!

  • Mara @ What's For Dinner?
    June 7, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    Have a blast with your mom! I know how much you’ve been looking forward to her visit!

  • Mastering Public Health
    June 7, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    I also ‘baked’ (well, not really — it was no-bake, which actually I only realized at the end when the directions anti-climactically just said to refrigerate) tonight: Bob’s Red Mill Wheat-Free Peanut Butter Bars. I went to THE actual Red Mill in Milwaukie, Oregon, last month and picked one of these up in person, and there really are no words for how good it was. So, I was very pleased to see the recipe available online; definitely check it out: The Super-Charge Me Cookies are decent, too, but sometimes peanut butter goodies trump ’em.

  • Helen
    June 7, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    Aww Willis is alive! I’m glad he made it to you ok, he looks so happy to be in California! I can’t wait to have a dog, am so jealous right now! You food looks just what you need – fresh, healthy and nutritious.

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    June 7, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    What a darling pooch!!!

  • Kristina
    June 7, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    second to dachshunds, I like bassets best. Willis is very awesome.

    that sushi looks awesome, also. I love sushi that has mango.


  • Annie @ stronghealthyfit
    June 7, 2010 at 11:54 pm

    Mm good substitution in the cookies πŸ™‚ They look delicious.

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs
    June 8, 2010 at 12:18 am

    I have seen those cookies EVERYHWERE! As soon as I get my hands on some maple syrup, I’m making them πŸ˜€

  • Courtney (Pancakes & Postcards)
    June 8, 2010 at 1:23 am

    ADORABLE dog!!!! Sushi… my heart aches.

  • Debbie B
    June 8, 2010 at 1:54 am

    I have a Basset that we adopted from the Humane Society. We saw that sad face and couldn’t resist taking her home. She is the most appreciative loving dog ever. She went from being a sad, lazy dog to running through the house to literally jumping over furniture! I would never have believed how strong and fast she was! It’s funny to watch her!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    June 8, 2010 at 3:10 am

    That sunset roll looks incredible!

  • Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies
    June 8, 2010 at 3:35 am

    Oh my gosh – that first picture of Willis captures the epitome of a happy, happy puppy! Oh and that sunset roll looks phenomenal.

  • Amy
    June 8, 2010 at 3:38 am

    I’m in love with Willis! Holy moly – mango on sushi sounds amazing! Have fun with your mom.

  • Stacey
    June 8, 2010 at 3:53 am

    Cute dog and so happy.

  • Charlie
    June 8, 2010 at 4:10 am

    Hey Jenna,

    I’m a frequent reader but I’ve been kinda lurking, never really commented before.

    I read your tonsil thing from yesterday, and I had the exact same thing my freshman year of college. It was a peritonsillar abcess, which is a bacterial infection of one or both tonsil(s). I got my first one and never had a fever, so I def. recommend seeing a DR if possible.

    I kept getting them too, and eventually had so much scar tissue I had them removed. It was embarassing, I was twenty years old getting my tonsils out, and so was the five year old in the hospital bed next to me. Haha.

    But yeah, it was swelling, pain, and white patches on the tonsils. Sorry you’re sick girl πŸ™ anti-inflammatories helped me too!!

    On a happier note, Yay! Puppies! And that sushi looks gorgeous. I’m totally jealous.

  • eatmovelove
    June 8, 2010 at 4:13 am

    I think I’ll have to bake those cookies…already have chocolate chip muffins and banana bread here…

  • Lindsay @ Summit Sandwiches
    June 8, 2010 at 4:19 am

    That sushi looks beautiful. I could not limit myself to a single roll if I had such edible artwork in front of me. More beauty would need to be consumed and enjoyed!

  • Jennu
    June 8, 2010 at 4:22 am

    I’m glad you’re there to keep those fellas in line!

  • theemptynutjar
    June 8, 2010 at 4:53 am

    The SCM cookies seem very popular in the blog world – what distinguishes them from other cookie recipes that make them stand out so much? I love marking new ideas to try.

  • Krystina
    June 8, 2010 at 5:09 am

    Those cookies, they’re calling to me.

  • Daisy
    June 8, 2010 at 5:16 am

    where on earth did u get that sushi roll? my four favorite ingredients in maki combined, wow my mouth is watering!!! and i must always have a bowl of piping hot miso soup with my sushi, no matter the weather. I hope it helped soothe your tonsil. good on you keeping the boys in line.

  • Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble)
    June 8, 2010 at 5:17 am

    Aww, what a cute pup! Is he yours???


  • Alycia @ Fit n Fresh
    June 8, 2010 at 5:18 am

    I love love love those cookies! I always through in some cranberries and white chocolate chips – delish!

    Have fun with your momma tomorrow (:

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin
    June 8, 2010 at 5:19 am

    Willis is adorable!
    Wow, that is some fully loaded sushi there! It looks amazing.

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down)
    June 8, 2010 at 5:33 am

    I love, love, love a good sushi plate! There’s one not too far from where I live that has the best sweet potato tempura rolls, I kid you not. Delicious. πŸ˜€

    Willis is absolutely adorable! Bassetts have such personality. πŸ˜€

  • Annie D. from Annie'sSimpleLife
    June 8, 2010 at 5:42 am

    Puppy!!!! Awwww sooo cute!!!!!!!

  • Sabrina
    June 8, 2010 at 5:43 am

    Those cookies look amazing!

  • Katy(The Balanced Foodie)
    June 8, 2010 at 5:43 am

    Time with mom is like a breath of fresh air! Enjoy your time with her. P.S. that dog is so stinking cute. I just think of Fox & Hound “I’m a hound dog”. When I see Willis’ picture. πŸ™‚ Love it!

  • Sarah
    June 8, 2010 at 5:56 am

    sushi with mango?!?! only in California πŸ˜‰

  • jenna
    June 8, 2010 at 5:58 am

    willis is soooooo cute!!!

  • Kristin (Salty Tooth)
    June 8, 2010 at 6:20 am

    Love Willis! I also have a basset hound and he is way more active than I expected!

  • A Teenage Gourmet (Sami)
    June 8, 2010 at 6:24 am

    Hahaha, that doggie is acting just like the one that I’m currently dog-sitting. Your cookies look great too! I’m going to post something similar later if you’d like to take a look. Thank you. πŸ™‚

  • Kati @ Living Well
    June 8, 2010 at 6:27 am

    My family had a basset hound named Claire for a while that adored by little sister. My dad would let her in in the mornings and she would run straight for her bed…if she hadn’t slept there the night before! Have fun with the doggie πŸ™‚

  • Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly
    June 8, 2010 at 6:41 am

    i love bassets…I used to have one named Snoopy!

  • Camille
    June 8, 2010 at 6:52 am

    The first picture made the “Chariots of Fire” theme play in my head πŸ™‚

  • Joey
    June 8, 2010 at 6:53 am

    I love Willis! What a cute Basset hound! πŸ™‚

  • Julie
    June 8, 2010 at 7:03 am

    Love, love, love the dog !

  • Andrea (Sweet N Green)
    June 8, 2010 at 7:05 am

    Aww! Dogs with floppy ears have a special place in my heart. <3 He looks so happy!

  • Lindsey
    June 8, 2010 at 7:14 am

    OK, I must have missed something. When and where did you acquire one of the cutest dogs on the planet? Can’t wait to see some Dexter/Willis action!

  • kate
    June 8, 2010 at 7:16 am

    Willis is a cutie! I havent had sushi in so long, but Im seriously craving it now. Have fun with your MOM!

  • Jenna (Hello, I Love You)
    June 8, 2010 at 8:15 am

    I love Basset Hounds! So cuuuute! Have fun with you mom. πŸ™‚

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    June 8, 2010 at 8:16 am

    That sushi sounds AMAZING!!!! I plan on making some of those cookies myself today.. they are so freaking good!

  • MMiller
    June 8, 2010 at 8:23 am

    Such a happy dog to be out of the car! And seeing you of course! That sushi roll does look awesome! I have never had sushi with mango! And it looks so pretty too! It must be a Cali thing!

    Hope mom can make you all better today! Enjoy her visit!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    June 8, 2010 at 8:29 am

    oh my, that sunset roll sounds and looks AMAZING!!! hope you and your mom have a blast (as always :))

  • Kerry
    June 8, 2010 at 8:37 am

    I love that dog.

  • Sharon
    June 8, 2010 at 8:43 am

    Where did you have sushi last night? I must try that roll…..
    Willis is beyond adorable. I miss having a doggie.

    • jenna
      June 8, 2010 at 9:56 am

      Sushi was from Toyo in Santa Rosa…so good!

  • Rebecca @ How the Cookies Crumble
    June 8, 2010 at 8:48 am

    Such a good looking puppy!! He’s so happy!

    That sushi looks yummmmmmmm!

  • Ellie
    June 8, 2010 at 8:48 am

    I LOVE WILLIS! Can he be on the blog a lot? I’m still in school so I can’t have a dog but I would really want a bassit hound!

  • katie
    June 8, 2010 at 8:56 am

    oh let me tell you that bassets can have a ton of energy. my family used to have one and she was always running around;) and now i’ll always have a soft spot for bassets, even if i’m not really a dog person.

  • lisa
    June 8, 2010 at 9:07 am

    What a cutie! Looks like he’s ready to go running with you. πŸ™‚

  • Beth @ DiningAndDishing
    June 8, 2010 at 9:40 am

    aw have fun with your mom! i love when she visits…then there’s always pictures of delicious “mom” meals which make me miss home!!

  • shannon
    June 8, 2010 at 10:16 am

    Willis makes me miss my Basset Hound “Jessie”, we had to put her down in November 2009, old age. She was a great dog, glad we had her for 13 years.

    Can’t wait to see more pics of Willis. Bassets have quite the personalities.

  • jessica
    June 8, 2010 at 11:39 am

    Hi Jenna, have you ever made Super Charge Me cookies with whole wheat flour instead of spelt flour? I wanted to try out the recipe but I don’t have spelt on hand and didn’t know how much whole wheat to substitute because I heard you can’t use a 1:1 ratio.

  • Karen
    June 8, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    Jenna – I have question/suggestion re. the logistics of the book discussion forum. I’m looking forward to participating in several of the discussions, but am wondering if housing the discussions in the “book nerd tab” might be more conducive to ongoing interactions. In any event, big thanks for the excellent list – I loved all of those I selected based on your recommendation: The Help, American Wife, Sarah’s Key and The Glass Castle.

  • Nora@LiveLifeEatRight
    June 8, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    I recently fell in love with those cookies πŸ™‚ so delicious! AND THAT SUSHI!??!?! Can I have some! Have a lovely time with your mom, I always love reading your blog!

  • Melissa
    June 9, 2010 at 8:51 am

    Willis is so freaking adorable! I love that running pic πŸ™‚